Poultry Health

Everything you need to know about keeping your flock healthy, from prevention to maintenance and more...
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A Guide to Sick Chicken Symptoms - Backyard Poultry
Is your chicken sick or is that normal behavior? Our guide to sick chicken symptoms covers symptoms and what to look for
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Getting Your Ducks in a Row with a Poultry First Aid Kit - Backyard Poultry
If you keep chickens for long enough you'll eventually deal with injuries and illness. Here's a list of what to keep on hand in a poultry first aid kit.
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How to Stop Chickens From Pecking Each Other in 3 Easy Steps - Backyard Poultry
Are your hens pecking each other? They may be bored. Learn how to stop chickens from pecking each other in 3 easy steps
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A Guide to Recognizing and Treating Chicken Foot Problems - Backyard Poultry
Two common chicken foot problems and leg ailments are leg mites and bumblefoot, both of which are easy to treat. Less common, but sometimes mistaken for either leg mites or bumblefoot, is a type of arthritis known as gout, which is far easier to prevent than to treat. Learn more below
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Top 5 Common Chicken Diseases - Backyard Poultry
When it comes to keeping chickens, there are 5 top common chicken diseases that you need to know about. These common chicken diseases can wreak havoc on your flock whether small or large. Some of them are bad enough that you may have to cull your entire flock and start from scratch after disinfecting your coop. With luck and good practice, hopefully, you will never face that decision.
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Ask the Expert: February/March 2024 - Backyard Poultry
Lisa sent us the following question: Is this scaly leg mites? Two of my hens look like this. They walk around fine, but their legs look wrong. What do I do? Find our expert's answer below. Do you have a poultry question? Send it to and it may appear in the Ask the Expert section of the next issue of our magazine
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Chicken Wound Care - Backyard Poultry
If you have chickens, sooner or later you're going to need you to know chicken wound care. That wound could result from a predator attack, feather picking by other chickens, or just from an encounter with something sharp around your homestead. You will need to be prepared before your chicken gets injured by having both the supplies and knowledge for chicken wound care.
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All Cooped Up: Fowl Typhoid and Pullorum Disease - Backyard Poultry
Pullorum disease and fowl typhoid are both caused by two strains of the Salmonella enterica bacteria. These bacteria affect chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, quail, guineas, peafowl, pheasants, and various wild birds. These diseases have been virtually eradicated from commercial flocks in most developed countries, but outbreaks in backyard flocks, game birds, and wild birds still happen.
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Biosecurity: Keeping Your Flock Healthy - Backyard Poultry
Small flock owners should understand biosecurity theory and how to institute the basics on their farm. It's the little things that make the difference, so let's cover the standard procedures that you can do to prevent diseases from entering your flock.
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Caring for Ailing Chickens - Backyard Poultry
If you have chickens sooner or later you'll have a sick or injured one. Check out our tips for caring for an ailing chickens
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Anti-Parasitic Herbs for Your Chicken Flock - Backyard Poultry
Parasites in your chicken flock are the most annoying of all the chicken issues. Sometimes, they can even be the most deadly. Consider adding anti-parasitic herbs to your flock's daily or weekly feed routine. When an issue arises, there are great anti-parasitic options that work quickly as well! From chicken lice treatment and how to treat mites on chickens, to something more complex like internal parasites . . . there's an herb worth considering. Learn more below
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A Guide to Poultry Parasites - Backyard Poultry
Chickens deal with both internal and external parasites. However small, parasites can have a big impact on the health of your flock and the success of your poultry program. Consult this guide to learn what you're dealing with and how to respond
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Antioxidants for Poultry - Backyard Poultry
Plants produce antioxidants to protect themselves from pathogens, pollution and harmful ultraviolet sunlight. The best-known antioxidants are vitamins A, C, and E and the mineral selenium. Treating your chickens to plants that are naturally rich in antioxidants can help them live long and healthy lives.
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How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar for Chickens (and You!) - Backyard Poultry
Apple cider vinegar for chickens is a great way to keep your flock healthy. Chicken experts advise adding apple cider vinegar to your chickens' water. Unfiltered apple cider vinegar, with the "mother" still in it, is expensive. But you can make it yourself! Here's how
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Coryza - Backyard Poultry
Coryza is an upper respiratory infection caused by a bacterium. Coryza is akin to a common cold in chickens, but with markedly more dire effects. Learn more about symptoms and treatment below
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Using Comfrey for Poultry - Backyard Poultry
Comfrey salve is a useful item to have in your first aid kit to treat injuries. Make one for your backyard chickens and one for yourself!
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A Guide to Sick Chicken Symptoms - Backyard Poultry
Do you have a sick chicken? Check out this guide to sick chicken symptoms so you can figure out what is going on.
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Identifying and Treating Respiratory Infection in Chickens - Backyard Poultry
Respiratory infection in chickens is a serious concern, but many new flock owners tend to jump to conclusions every time a chicken sneezes. Keeping your birds healthy should be something you take seriously but knowing the difference between an errant sneeze and an acute onset of a respiratory infection in chickens will ease the nerves a bit.
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The Truth About Mycoplasma and Chickens - Backyard Poultry
Mycoplasma — it's the word you never want to hear when it comes to your chicken flock. Yet, it's probably the ailment you need to learn about the most since it affects flocks all across the world. Learn about treating and preventing Mycoplasma in your chicken flock now, so that you don't have to deal with it later. This tiny bacterium can wreak havoc on your chickens, and prevention is key!
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How to Handle a Chicken Foot Injury - Backyard Poultry
Spraddle leg, bumblefoot, scaly leg mites, and more....here's how to handle chicken foot and leg injuries
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No Jolt During The Molt: Chicken Care in 7 Steps - Backyard Poultry
Ready or not, here comes the molt. Chickens shedding feathers and a drop in egg production in the fall are good indicators that your birds are going through molt. Here are 7 ways to support your birds through this potentially stressful time
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A Guide to Sick Chicken Symptoms - Backyard Poultry
Is your chicken feeling under the weather? Check out this guide to sick chicken symptoms plus tips for prevention and treatment
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Why and When Do Chickens Molt? - Backyard Poultry
Why and when do chickens molt? The fall molt is almost here - learn why your chickens do it plus how to support them through the process
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How to Make a Dust Bath For Chickens - Backyard Poultry
A healthy and good smelling chicken NEEDS to take a dust bath on a regular basis. Chances are if your chicken is "not too fresh," then they do not have access to a dust bath. But, a dust bath for chickens not only helps keep your flock smelling fresh, it is also a natural chicken mite treatment. Learn how to make one below
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A Guide to Poultry Parasites - Backyard Poultry
Parasites can have a big impact on the health of your flock and the success of your poultry program. Chickens deal with a wide variety of parasites, both internally and externally. Just as there are numerous parasites, there are almost as many different options to treat or manage your flock to keep them safe and healthy. Learn more about developing a good parasite management plan for your flock below
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Homemade Electrolytes to Combat Heat Exhaustion In Chickens - Backyard Poultry
Heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death is a very real danger to chickens when temperatures rise. They don't sweat like humans do, and are somewhat limited in their ability to cool down. Check out our tips for keeping your birds safe below, including a homemade electrolyte recipe
a white and black chicken standing on top of green grass
A Guide to Recognizing and Treating Chicken Foot Problems - Backyard Poultry
Two common chicken foot problems and leg ailments are leg mites and bumblefoot, both of which are easy to treat. Less common, but sometimes mistaken for either leg mites or bumblefoot, is a type of arthritis known as gout, which is far easier to prevent than to treat. Learn how to recognize and treat these problems below
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Disposing of Dead Poultry - Backyard Poultry
In the eight years of keeping chickens and other poultry, we've had our share of illnesses and deaths, shares author Ann Accetta-Scott. Our homestead has suffered three major illnesses during this time. Coccidiosis, avian influenza, and Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG). With each deadly illness came death, and with death came the decision on how to dispose of the bodies. Learn more about safely disposing of dead poultry below:
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How to Keep Rats Away From Your Urban Chicken Coop - Backyard Poultry
Like uninvited houseguests that won't leave, rats may help themselves to your poultry hospitality if you don't take steps to stop them. Learn more below:
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Chicken Diseases That Affect Humans - Backyard Poultry
Having a sick chicken is stressful enough but knowing that their illness may affect you certainly adds to the pressure of chicken care. Although not all chicken diseases can cross the species barrier, they can cross not only to humans but also to other animals. Learn more about keeping yourself and your flock healthy.